Sunday, July 17, 2011

Don McGregor: Art for Medicine

Sorry to be so blunt but facts are facts. Don McGregor's elderly mother and other family medical needs have forced this fine man and fierce writer to put his personal collection of art (from stories he wrote) on the selling block.

I won't allow art dealers to steal these from him. And I am not expert enough, despite the posturing, to know what these pieces are really worth. So here's the deal: Some friends of mine and I are bidding on Don's art while spreading the word far and wide. We are hoping you'll beat our bids because we want Don to get top dollar. And we hope that you will help spread the word. The bidding can end at any time (just as soon as Don says, "I'll take it!") But let's not let this drag out too long, chums. Let's pretend we actually learned something from those superheroes we grew up reading when Don was still writing them.

What else can you do? If you're an artist, a small drawing would be nice. Black Panther, Killraven...something that Don worked on for sentimental reasons. I'll be the first bidder and I'll bid generously... and I expect others to do the same. Let's make the world go round.

Note: If you know Don, contact him directly. If you don't, you can meet him on FaceBook. I'm not the gatekeeper--just a facilitator.

Current bid on the piece you see on this page: $2500. There's many more below.

Don McGregor Art List

This isn't ths most professional art auction you'll ever attend, but it's one of the sincerest. Don has not sent me images of everything he has for sale (only the ones you see), but he's sent a list (below). So at this stage, if one these strikes your fancy, contact Don at his FaceBook and your bid will be posted here so others can bid against you. When he's ready to sell something, highest bidder will get it. Okay? Don writes that he has the following pages:

The "Sabre and Melissa Siren making love" page from the original Sabre graphic novel, which Don notes was the first American comic sold directly through the comic book stores.

Four (4) double-size pages (a complete chapter) from DETECTIVES INC by Marshall Rogers.

Two (2) double-size Zorro Vs. Dracula pages (Tom Yeates).

The art from Tom Sutton's version of ALEXANDER RISK, including blue pencils lay-outs with Don's copy placement from unpublished chapters.

Finished art for an entire DRAGONSHADE series, with finished Tom Sutton art.

Twelve (12) Lady Rawhide pages (7 by Mayhew, 5 by Maroto).

Eight (8) Rich Buckler pencil pages from Meredith Bryan ("the last couple are very rough layout only," writes Don.)

Eleven (11) pages (looks to be complete story) by Rich Buckler from Vampire Tales "The Praying Mantis Principle" ("The first Hodiah Twist story," writes Don. "A very popular story. Gene Colan drew the next Hodiah Twist story,and he always referred to it as the first time we ever worked together, totally forgetting he had drawn a KILLRAVEN: SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR.

"I revamped the series of a guy who sees himself in a SHERLOCK HOLEMESIAN fashion with ALEXANDER RISK, and had him married, which changed everything. Tom Sutton drew the first chapters, and although it was completely written, and once scheduled by Marvel for its Creator Owned Line, came back to me when they folded the idea. Dwayne Turner was supposed to draw it. Another disappointment. I know that story has at least three scenes in it as good as anything I ever wrote, and dealt honestly with abortion in the 1040s."

Two (2) Luke Cage pages by Frank Robbins -- one almost complete stat.

Two (2) more Luke Cage pages -- not sure of the artist.

Two (2) pencil drawings of Killraven, one by P. Craig Russell (?) the other signed PBG(?) ("Probably Peter Gillis," writes Don)

Eight (8) Amazing Adventures pages (four almost complete stat).

Two (2) Panther's Quest pages by Gene Colan from Jungle Action #11

Fourteen (14) pages (15 if you count double pager as two) Jungle Action #11

From Jungle Action #8 - two page of maps (palace and Wakanda)

Five (5) misc. pages from Jungle Action ("These are probably from PANTHER'S RAGE," writes Don. "THE LAST CHAPTER, pages I designed, including the double pager with The Panther and Killmonger, and the FINAL PAGE, inside the Panther's head, with Kantu and Killmonger. I designed those pages, too") including one splash which has been cut up.

More Art from Don McGregor

Notes from Don McGregor

As Don sends me images of the art that he is selling there's also some notes worth sharing. It genuinely breaks my heart to see him have to part with his artwork.

Don writes: "RAGAMUFFINS is the series I held for Gene [Colan] for years. It is the first comic to print color and pencils. Dean [Mullaney] gave me all the finished color holds. I have everything connected to the series, with the exception of the lost, never printed THE PACK RAT INSTINCT. This was Dean's favorite book of everything he did with Eclipse. If I had to gun to head choose a favorite, it would probably be this or DETECTIVES INC. If nothing else, you get to see some great Gene pencils with coloring by Steve Oliff."

Gene Colan Art from Don McGregor: Ragamuffins

Please bid generously on the following art:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rare and Special Art from Don McGregor

I will be representing Don McGregor's personal collection of artwork--original pages from stories that he wrote for Marvel. The artwork will initially be posted here because Gene loved Don even more than I do and he'd be as quick to want to help Don as anyone. Quicker, in fact.

I am not taking a commission from Don. All monies will go directly from you to him and he will ship directly to you; I am just sitting in the middle because Don is a wonderful and kind man who has never been about money (imagine that) and I don't want him to get a dime less than he deserves or might otherwise get.

When a man like Don McGregor sells cherished art that was gifted to him by the artists that drew his beautiful stories, you know it's painful for him. Don loves this art and it should go to people who love it, too. It's being sold because he needs the funds. Ain't that America.

Contact me if you're genuinely interested in buying art from Don at fair market value. And spread the word to other art collectors. This is a rare opportunity, and you will have my gratitude and Don's. And you will have Gene Colan's gratitude where he rests in the World of Truth.

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